Sophomore from Santa Cruz shines in CCS playoffs. Also among hoop’s best of the week is Marin Catholic’s Claire Renk. Softball star, meanwhile, makes news by getting a hit in her first game as member of school’s baseball team.
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(After games of Saturday, Feb. 25 and some games as of Tuesday, Feb. 28; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
MacKenzie Conarro (St. Francis, Sacramento)
Her 33 points was a team-high, but it was not enough for the defending CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champions to pick up a playoff win as they suffered a 70-57 loss to Kennedy of Sacramento.
Nirra Fields (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
An expected close game against previously undefeated Santiago of Corona turned into a rout as she scored 27 points and the Monarchs defeated the Sharks 71-32 in the CIFSS Division IAA semifinals on Tuesday. Earlier in the playoffs, Fields had games of 31 and 41 points.
Morgan Green (Pacific Collegiate, Santa Cruz)
The leading scorer (27.2 ppg) in the CCS and a sophomore who some compare favorably for former San Jose Mitty star Danielle Robinson saved her best game of the season for the CCS Div. V quarterfinals against Castilleja of Palo Alto. The sophomore guard had a season high 43 points with eight steals and six assists in an 82-74 victory.
Lynette Johnson (Kennedy, Sacramento)
The Cougars may have lost twice this season to crosstown St. Francis, but they won the game that meant the most as they tripped the Troubadors 70-57 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. Johnson, who is helping her cause to be on the all-state junior team, led the way with a game-high 37 points.
Erica Lohrenz (Mt. Carmel, San Diego)
After she scored 23 points in the Sundevils’ 63-43 win over Steele Canyon of Lakeside in the first-round of the San Diego Section Division II playoffs, Lohrenz scored 28 in a 63-48 quarterfinal win over Monte Vista of Spring Valley.
Tina Maxwell (Central, Fresno)
Mighty Maxwell ended her high school career by scoring 30 points in a 78-44 losing effort against top-seeded Stockdale of Bakersfield in the CIF Central Section Div. I playoffs. She also scored 30 earlier in the week in a 54-50 win against Centennial of Bakersfield.
Erica McCall (Ridgeview, Bakersfield)
McCall, who has been scouted in person this season by famed UConn coach Geno Auriemma, scored 35 points and had 14 rebounds and six blocked shots in a 70-31 win over Kingsburg. She also came back later in the Central Section Div. III playoffs with 27 points, 20 rebounds and 11 blocks in a 72-57 victory against Tulare.
Kelsey Plum (La Jolla Country Day, La Jolla)
She more than doubled the amount of points that Christian of El Cajon scored with 37 points and had eight rebounds in a 78-17 win by the Torreys in the San Diego Section Division IV quarterfinals.
Courtney Range (St. Mary's, Stockton)
The Rams scored a season-high in points and she led the way with 35 and hauled in 11 rebounds in a 111-54 win over Vacaville to open up the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.
Claire Renk (Marin Catholic, Kentfield)
The sophomore guard set a school record with 39 points, but the team came up short in a 57-54 NCS Division IV semifinal loss to St. Mary’s of Berkeley. Renk was 15-for-18 from the floor, hit four 3-pointers, pulled down nine rebounds and had two steals. Renk went coast-to-coast in the final seconds to score the game-tying bucket at the end of regulation.
Briteesha Solomon (Mission Bay, San Diego)
The Buccaneers are looking for their first-ever section title and advanced to this week’s D3 semifinals behind another triple-double from Solomon. In a 69-43 triumph over Coronado, Solomon had 30 points, 12 steals and 10 rebounds.
Sophie Taylor (Acalanes, Lafayette)
The senior guard had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds with seven steals in a 47-42 NCS Division III quarterfinal victory over Analy of Sebastopol.
Corissa Turley (Redwood, Visalia)
She scored a career high of 30 points, with 25 coming in the first half, in a 66-26 win in the Central Section Division II playoffs by the Rangers over Tulare Western.
Jasmine Ware (Sacramento)
She scored a game-high 29 points as the top-seeded Dragons rolled to a 80-45 win over Weston Ranch of Stockton in Sac-Joaquin Section Division III play. Look for more about Jasmine on this site later this week.
Alexas Williamson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
The Washington State-bound senior connected on 8-of-10 shots from long distance and finished a career-high 34 points to lead the Monarchs past Rialto 83-39 in the CIFSS Div. I-AA quarterfinals.
When Williamson and fellow seniors Nirra Fields and Jordan Adams are all healthy and hitting shots, there may not be a team in the nation that is better.
Maddy Jelenicki (Saugus) She’s UCLA-bound for softball, but this talented sophomore is unable to play that sport this spring after being declared ineligible. Her ineligibility stems from a transfer from Valencia to Saugus. Instead of being a cheerleader in softball, Jelenicki instead tried out for the baseball team. She’s on the Saugus varsity and made her debut as a pinch-hitter last week when Saugus played FAB 50 national power Harvard-Westlake. No, Jelenicki didn’t face either of two big-time Harvard-Westlake pitchers, but she did get a single in her first at-bat.
Kaylea Snaer (Rowland, Rowland Heights)
She had quite the game as the Raiders ended a three-game losing streak to get their first win of the season 14-13 over Vista del Lago of Murrieta. Going a perfect 5-for-5, she had two triples and two home runs that helped her account for a whopping 10 RBIs.